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Experiences with a new surgical technique for closure of large perforations of the nasal septum in 55 patients

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The surgical closure of nasal septal perforation is still an unsolved clinical problem. In this study the experiences with a novel surgical technique for closure of large perforations of the nasal septum are presented.


A total of 55 patients with symptomatic nasal septal perforation measuring 23 ± 3 mm (range, 11‐38 mm) at the widest point were enrolled in the study. The closure of the nasal septal perforation was performed with a new and simple surgical technique using a nasal mucosal flap consisting of the defect-corresponding mucosa of the floor of the nose, inferior nasal meatus, and inferior turbinate.


A symptomatic improvement of nasal symptoms was noted in all treated patients. In only 3 of 55 cases was the perforation closing incomplete.


Our experience with this flap shows its reliability and safety in repairing large nasal septal perforations, with many advantages compared with other techniques for septal perforation repair.
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Keywords: Closure; mucosal flap; nasal septal perforation; nasal septum; repair; technique

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Philipp University, Marburg, Germany

Publication date: 2011-05-01

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